I recently paid a visit to the studio of Alyson Clair, designer of Clair Vintage Inspired. Alyson specializes in adorable knit dresses, designed and produced here in Portland.
It’s fascinating to me to see the process of a production designer, and how their challenges are both the same and different from my own.
Small designers like Alyson have to consider a lot of things that I don’t worry about (fabric procurement, different costing issues, finding production resources in a small city like Portland). On the other hand, there is a lot of overlap too. For example, I think my design and pattern development process is probably not all that different from most designers or production patternmakers.
Alyson showed me around her studio, which she shares with two other designers. You can definitely see that this is a place where a lot of work gets done. Lovely dresses line the walls, along with rolls and rolls of fabric and several industrial machines (though the production sewing is done elsewhere).
It’s always fascinating to peek into someone else’s workspace, isn’t it?